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Friday, July 13, 2007

Morning News

posted by on July 13 at 8:25 AM

No War?: Bush scoffs as House votes to bring troops home.

Less Sex: Teenagers report less sex, more condoms, less pregnancies, and more graduating.

More Sales: New FDA rules boost business for emergency contraception.

Less Smoking: More and more states enact outdoor smoking bans.

More Pay?: Congress targets sexist SC ruling on unequal pay.

No X-Mas Trees or Menorahs: Committee recommends Port should not display religious symbols.

Lower Ranking: U.S. News and World Report takes UW Medical Center out of top 10.

And of course, more poetry. The winner of the Washington Poet Association’s 2007 Poetry contest is:

Going up

by Ann Gerike

In my childhood, elevators lumbered.
A uniformed attendant perched
on a fold-down seat inside - a girl, my mother said,
because all the brave boys were off at war.

The day before, l had heard my father say:
"Our boys are being maimed and slaughtered
in two theaters." l was glad
we were in a department store,
in an elevator.

At the turn of a dial, the creature struggled upward,
creaking and groaning, its bones rattling. Through the gate,
you could watch the passing floors, the numbers.

Elevators might stop
between floors, refuse to move.
lf, waiting, you pressed a summons button,
a door could open. revealing ropey intestines
dangling in space.

Today, a sleek monster rockets me straight up
in mirrored, carpeted, and silent splendor,
whisks me out onto the 33rd floor of the Sheraton
in no time at all.

All by itself. No concern for absent keepers, off at war,
being maimed and slaughtered in two theaters,
ropey intestines dangling.

We still watch the numbers.

Ann Gerike
Coupeville, Washington

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If poetry barely rhymes, honestly, what's the flippin' point?

Posted by Wtf?! | July 13, 2007 8:32 AM

Often I can't see the point of rhyming poetry, myself. Except for memorizing things and entertaining children.

Fewer pregnancies. Less refers to "qualities and quantities that can't be individually counted."

I like the poem-a-day. Keep 'em coming.

Posted by bitch on heels | July 13, 2007 8:43 AM

Wow, for all the bitching the religious right does on all the violent movies, video games, and sexually charged music and videos, it seems that once again they are proven wrong by actual evidence.

Stupid bastards.

Posted by Original Monique | July 13, 2007 9:07 AM

And yet, as a committed lifelong atheist, I think not allowing Christmas trees in the airport is stupid, cowardly, and fucked up.

Posted by Fnarf | July 13, 2007 9:23 AM

I was getting a cup of coffee this morning and I couldn't help but over hear a conversation between one of the baristas and one of my fellow customers.

To start out with I'm an avid reader of The Stranger and I really love Dan Savage's column Savage Love.

The Barista told the customer that she noticed the Uptight Seattleite Seattle Weekly column and the Stranger's Savage Love column were the same.

Is Savage working for the Seattle Weekly? Are you guys the same paper... I'm confused? What's going on.

I used to read the blogs a lot and you guys never really seemed to get a long, but here it is you guys seem to be in cahoots?

Please Stranger my wonderful morning refuge shed some light on this!

Posted by Confused | July 13, 2007 9:27 AM

@Fnarf: As a committed life-long atheist I find it refreshing and bold to not allow ANY religion to be displayed at the airport. Its not f-ing Macy's. And I am sure the stores in the airport (since they now resemble malls more and more) will have enough X-mas decorations and music playing.

Posted by Original Monique | July 13, 2007 9:51 AM


I noticed that too this week.

When I was visiting one of my buds in Phoenix I noticed that Savage Love was in their paper too, the Phoenix New Times.

I asked him how the hell The Stranger's column was in some New Times weekly. He said that it was their column?

Seattle Weekly's Web site has a link to the Phoenix New Times at the bottom with a list of their other papers, just like the Stranger links to the Mercury.

I'm guessing they must be in "cahoots" as you put it somewhere. Either way this doesn't make a lot of sense.

I've been reading the Stranger for five years now and shit like this doesn't just happen!

Posted by Ryan | July 13, 2007 9:51 AM

But what about a Festivus pole? By the Port not saying no to it, they are saying yes?

Posted by Phenics | July 13, 2007 9:52 AM

@7 - Savage Love has been syndicated for a long, long time. It is in weekly papers across the nation.

This intersection between Uptight Seattleite and Savage Love is very interesting, though; sounds like a couple writers just having a bit of fun. I do hope someone bothers to tell us what's going on, though.

Posted by Levislade | July 13, 2007 9:55 AM

I'm confused, too. But I approve. The Uptight Seattleite is the only reason I read the Weekly at all. And the contrasting responses are just funny as hell.

"A Savage Uptight" vs. Savage Love.

Question: are you the Uptight Seattleite, Dan, or just a guest tightass?

@7: Savage Love is a syndicated column in many newspapers across the country. It's not "theirs," though, because Dan lives here and edits the Stranger. Not sure that makes it "ours," though, either.

Posted by bitch on heels | July 13, 2007 9:55 AM

How dorky can the Seattle Weekly get? I'm embarassed for them.

Posted by jamier | July 13, 2007 9:59 AM

Yah....but that does not make sense? Why would Dan be having anything to do with the Weekly when they don't seem to be the best of friends anyway? I don't see the Mercury in the Weekly.

Posted by Sabrina | July 13, 2007 10:09 AM

@12 Sabrina

That's what I was thinking!

@9 Levislade

If Savage Love is syndicated in Weeklies all over the nation, wouldn't they be in the Seattle Weekly as well if from what Ryan says they are in their other papers?


Posted by Confused | July 13, 2007 10:21 AM

It's pretty obvious to me that kids having less sex and using condoms more is the efforts of years of education; however, you know Bush et. al. will claim it's the results of his "abstinence only" programs. Ech.

Posted by Dianna | July 13, 2007 10:22 AM

In more frivolous news, Charles Shaw chardonnay just won another wine competition. Suck it, wine snobs! You got nothing on my three-buck Chuck.

Posted by tsm | July 13, 2007 10:32 AM

@13 just because you are syndicated in weeklies across the nation does not mean you are syndicated in ALL weeklies across the nation.

@4 & @6 i'm with fnarf... it is decorations, a mild form of art. it's not like funding for indoctrination. i'm okay with it just like i'm okay with other religious displays or non-religious display (that some find morally offensive). it's part of accepting people for who they are as long as they act within the law, and building a community that tolerates differences. there are many people who really like christmas -- which is hardly even a completely religious holiday anymore -- so why not allow it?

Posted by infrequent | July 13, 2007 10:41 AM

Does that mean the UWMC will finally take down that atrocious banner. "Now imagine only one of them is in Seattle." WTF?

Posted by Greg Barnes | July 13, 2007 10:41 AM

When I read that article about teens and sex on, they specified less "intercourse." Did this study talk about oral and anal?

Posted by Gitai | July 13, 2007 12:06 PM

Great point, Gitai.

When I was in college, the hets were all over oral and anal sex. The guys were way into both for obvious reasons, and the gals liked it because they were still "virgins" (heh heh).

Posted by Original Andrew | July 13, 2007 12:52 PM

Oh Jesus Christ! I don't put up a Christmas tree as a religious symbol. (I just love the lights!) That decision is a bit much.

Good grief charlie brown!

Posted by Nick | July 13, 2007 1:21 PM


Oh Goibhne! I don't put up a festival tree as a religious symbol. I just love the candles on it. That decision is a bit much.

Good grief, what is with all this kowtowing to minority religions like Christians? You'd think we had a state religion ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 13, 2007 1:41 PM

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